A bambi lesbian is a lesbian who prefers cuddles, hugs, kisses, and other affectionate and even sensual non-sexual acts over sexual acts. It is a term used by some asexual lesbians and other ace-spec sapphics but not by all.
The vincian equivalent is Bambi Gay. The bi equivalent is Squirrel Bi. The pan equivalent is Fox Pan. The asexual equivalent is Rat Ace,The omni equivalent is Opossum Omni, Macaw Abrosexual. Its counterpart is Aphrodite Lesbian.
A post by Tumblr user nonbinarysapphic from August 25, 2017, alleged that the term originated in the 1980s. The oldest and nearest label to bambi lesbian has been found in the second edition of The Alyson Almanac, a gay and lesbian reference guide for Bostonians, published in 1990. The almanac defined bambi-sexuality as
Physical interaction centered more about touching, kissing, and caressing than around genital sexuality.
The current definition of bambi lesbian was created by Urban Dictionary user delishdelish on December 27, 2016.
The bambi lesbian pride flag was created by Tumblr user wuvsbian on March 8, 2018. The flag is similar to the lipstick lesbian flag. A simplified version of the bambi lesbian flag was created by FANDOM user Unfunny person420 on May 10, 2021.
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://ambergirl986.tumblr.com/post/164619202934/nonbinarysapphic-nonbinarysapphic-ive Tumblr post on the history of bambi lesbian. ]
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://queerasfact.tumblr.com/post/179324791164/electronicmyotis-ambergirl986 Tumblr post on the origin of bambi lesbian, quoting from The Alyson Almanac. ]
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bambi%20lesbian Urban Dictionary entry for bambi lesbian. ]
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://wuvsbian.tumblr.com/post/171678233917/i-decided-to-try-my-hand-at-making-a-bambi-lesbian Tumblr post on the flag for bambi lesbian. ]
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Bambi-Lesbian-869558905 DeviantArt post announcing an alternate bambi lesbian flag. ]
- [https://web.archive.org/web/https://www.deviantart.com/pride-flags/art/Bambi-Lesbian-3-876727993 DeviantArt post announcing another alternate bambi lesbian flag. ]